The Independent Group represents Councillors in England and Wales who are Independent or of a political affiliation outside of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat. It provides a voice at the national level and works within the cross-party Local Government Association (LGA) to ensure that the values and interests of its members are promoted.
The LGA continues to call for 100 per cent of the business rates to be retained and for rapid treatment of appeals.
This week the Spring Statement announced little change in the funding to councils. We remain set to reach a shortfall of over £5 billion by 2020. We are working on the Fair Funding Review, but it does not alter the fact that the overall pot is simply not big enough to provide the essential services.